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Iodine Book Review

&bc1When I first began my journey to learn more about Thyroid Health, one of the first books I purchased was IODINE: Why You Need It – Why You Can’t Live Without It by David Brownstein, M.D. The book is a wonderful introduction to the incredible benefits of using iodine for thyroid health and a myriad of other medical conditions.

Dr. Brownstein practices both conventional and holistic medicine. In IODINE: WYNI – WYCLWI, Dr. Brownstein draws on research from other notable doctors as well as his own first hand experience. The book is presented in an easy to read format, however, at first glance, the text may turn off the reader, as it is a large font and double spaced. Please don’t let this dissuade you from reading this book – it is packed with valuable information.

Dr. Brownstein gives a brief history of iodine, outlines the reasons why 90+% of the population is iodine deficient and how iodine deficiency causes illness. In addition, the book presents information on the toxic halogens: bromine, chlorine and fluoride. There is an extensive discussion of how these substances interfere with iodine absorption and cause illnesses such as fibrocystic breast disease, breast cancer, hypothyroidism, immune system disorders, neurologic problems, autoimmune thyroid diseases and thyroid cancer.

For those who may wonder if they are iodine deficient, Dr. Brownstein describes a testing method for measuring iodine absorption that anyone can perform. The appendix includes information on two labs in the U.S. who provide iodine-loading test kits. Dr. Brownstein also touches on the subject of iodine allergies. For those who do have an iodine allergy, he suggests using an acupressure technique called Nambudripod’s Allergy Elimination Technique (NAET). More information on this technique can be found at www:naet.com

Dosing methods for using iodine and different forms of iodine are described in IODINE: WYNI – WYCLWI. In addition, Dr. Brownstein suggests additional vitamins and nutrients that should be used with iodine to obtain optimum health.

In the 4th Edition of the book, Dr. Brownstein included a chapter called “Do Children Need Iodine?” Dr. Brownstein provides evidence that iodine deficiency in children is linked to ADHD and lower IQ scores.

I find myself returning to this book again and again – re-reading passages that I have highlighted and reminding myself of the many health benefits of taking iodine. I definitely recommend it for anyone interested in improving their thyroid health, eliminating toxic substances from their body and understanding why, as Dr. Brownstein says, “Iodine is truly the most misunderstood nutrient.”

I purchased the book with my own money. The review was not solicited.
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